A bike round trip through Suvalki Landscape Park with the starting point in Jeleniewo
Suvalki Landscape Park is one of the most beautiful places in Poland. It was not by accident that the protection of this place was announced already in 1976. Park Suvalki is the oldest landscape park in the country. The countryside of the Suwałki Landscape Park boasts plenty of elevations and branched ridges separated by deep river valleys and numerous lakes, dominated by the deepest Lake Hańcza.
This landscape was formed by the last ice age, when the layer of melting ice and the power of postglacial waters formed moraine elevations, sand mounds and sediments. The flowing water excavated the Lake Hańcza, which is, with its 103 meters, the deepest lake in Poland. Long after the glacier retreat, huge glacial blocks remained in the valley of the Szeszupa River (which is part of the park), which created picturesque lakeside: Kleszczowieckie and Szurpilskie and others with Szeszupa River flowing through.
Postglacial monuments are the large boulders brought here by glaciers from the Scandinavian mountains and from the bottom of the Baltic Sea, which form extensive rock fields.
The landscape park is a popular tourist destination, but the network of restaurants and bistros is even thinner than we are accustomed to. We recommend to have enough water and a snack with you.
Swimwear must be part of the equipment. The beautiful clear water in the lakes attracts for swimming. It does not make sense to hold back yourself.
We traveled on trekking bikes, which is not ideal. Part of the field and forest paths are sandy, and the layer of fine sand is relatively high, so riding sometimes resembles drifting. MTBs with stronger tires are more comfortable.
Repellents and means for insect bite treatment are nice to have. Local people also warn against ticks, but we did not get any in a whole week.